If your Wirral boiler is over 15 years old or in constant need of repair, it could be time to seriously consider boiler replacement. A new boiler installation is not a decision that should be taken lightly. In addition to choosing the right type of boiler for your home, you also need to think about the best location for your new boiler.
For many years, boilers had a set location in homes. If you replaced your old boiler, the new one would simply be installed in the same location as the old one. However, the truth is, when working with boiler installation experts, you can choose the location of your boiler to improve its efficiency and overall performance.
So, where should your Wirral home’s boiler be located? Below we discuss the gas boiler location regulations and consider some potential boiler installation locations.
Consult Gas Boiler Placement Regulations Before Choosing Your New Boiler Location
Many homeowners find it difficult to keep up with building and gas regulations and leave the law to their boiler installation company. To simplify compliance, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy created a useful guide to the new regulations.
According to the regulations:
- The boiler should only be installed inside on a wall that can hold the boiler at its full water capacity.
- The boiler’s flue must be placed between 30 and 60cm away from balconies, roofs, or openings such as windows.
- The flue must also pass through either a wall or roof to the outside.
- The boiler must achieve an Energy-related Products (ErP) rating of at least 92%.
- All gas boilers must be fitted with time and temperature controls
Where Should Your Boiler be Located?
Your new boiler can be installed anywhere in your Wirral home, as long as the building regulations have been adhered to. Three of the most popular locations for home boilers are bathrooms, kitchen cupboards, and bedrooms. Each of these boiler installation locations have their own benefits and drawbacks.
Bathrooms are one of the most common boiler installation locations, but the wet environment can present a risk. The humidity of baths and showers, along with the increased water in the air can threaten the integrity of your boiler’s electrical circuitry.
To prevent electrical malfunctions, such as your boiler’s components shorting out, your new boiler should be installed by an accredited boiler installation company.
An accredited boiler installer, such as Wirral Plumbers, will help you prepare your bathroom correctly before the boiler installation takes place. The preparation could include sealing off your bathroom cabinets to reduce the chances of an electrical failure.
Kitchen cupboards are the most common installation location for modern combi boilers. Unlike conventional boilers, combi boilers don’t need additional water tanks. Combi boilers heat water on demand, which makes them ideal for smaller homes.
The kitchen cupboard is a practical spot for your new combi boiler as it is both accessible and a safe installation location. When installed correctly, your kitchen surfaces are unlikely to suffer water damage from leaks.
Over the years, lofts or attics have become increasingly popular boiler installation locations. Some homeowners prefer this installation location as it frees up storage space and reduces noise. Boilers installed in lofts or attics can be accessed by a ladder.
However, the location does have its own disadvantages such as inaccessibility, reduced efficiency, and inconsistent temperatures.
Although your boiler will be accessible by a ladder, boiler servicing and maintenance can become a hassle. Their inconvenient location also means that you are less likely to set your boiler to holiday mode or maintain water pressures and temperatures .
Loft boiler installation can also impact the efficiency of your boiler as it will take longer for water to move from the boiler to different locations around your home. The increased distance from the boiler to your water pipes could reduce your boiler’s performance, not to mention the potential heat loss given most lofts are poorly-insulated.
Why Choose Wirral Plumbers for Boiler Installation?
Moving your boiler to a new location requires knowledge of the structural work, pipe adjustments, and other required changes. Before choosing your new boiler location, you should contact an experienced boiler installation company, such as Wirral Plumbers.
At Wirral Plumbers our services start with an assessment, which allows our boiler technicians to provide tailored boiler installation advice. After the assessment, we will be able to help you choose the right boiler location. As a Gas Safe Registered contractor, we can provide boiler installation that is compliant with the regulations, and most importantly, safe.
Whether you’re looking for new boiler installation or want to move your existing boiler to a new location, we can help. Call us today on 0758 0395 493 or email us at email@example.com, and one of our experienced technicians will get you started with an obligation-free quote.